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Mirror, mirror on the wall, what's the ugliest ad of all? According to the Advertising Women of New York, which presented its sixth annual Good Bad & Ugly Awards last month, that honor goes to the innocuous but oddly notorious Miller Lite "Catfight" :30, from Ogilvy & Mather/New York. The spot won the Grand Ugly for television, although Miller wasn't alone among brewers who were called out for their depictions of women. Bud Light and Coors Light both earned Ugly awards for ads that ran in this year's Super Bowl. Coors Light got the dart for its rehash of the infamous "Twins" spot from FCB/Chicago, while Bud took the heat for "Worst Nightmare," a commercial from Toronto's Downtown Partners DDB in which a man is warned to check out his girlfriend's mother. . . . Fallon/Minneapolis, Carmichael Lynch, Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Sawyer Riley Compton were presented with the top O'Toole Awards for creative excellence at this year's Four A's Management Conference in New Orleans. Each year, the O'Tooles honor agencies in three billing divisions for creative achievement and consistency across a body of work. Fallon won the award for agencies with more than $300 million in billings, while Ogilvy & Mather/North America was named runner-up. Among agencies billing $30 million to $300 million, Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis and Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami split the top honor, followed by runner-up DeVito/Verdi, New York. In the Small Agency category, Atlanta's Sawyer Riley Compton led the way, followed by runner-up Gabriel deGrood Bendt, Minneapolis. . . . Six months after selling a majority interest in his company to Nike chief Phil Knight, Will Vinton was let go at the 28-year-old animation studio that bears his name. According to a spokesperson for the company, Vinton, who last held the title of chairman, was one of five people laid off during a recent round of staff cuts at the Portland-based studio. Vinton founded his eponymous venture shortly after winning an Academy Award in 1975 for Closed Mondays, a stop-action short he co-created with Bob Gardiner. After trademarking "Claymation," Vinton went on to create a splash in the ad world with the well-known "California Raisins" campaign, which debuted in 1986, and by bringing M&Ms to life in the first installments of the long-running campaign for M&M/Mars and BBDO/New York.
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